Virtuous Boardroom donated a five-month supply of female hygiene pads to 337 female students of Rev. Cobbah Yalley Junior High School in Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality in Ghana’s Western Region. The donation is part of organization’s effort to support girls manage menstruation safely and hygienically. The donation was also held to mark the 2021 World Menstrual Hygiene Day.
President and CEO of Virtuous Boardroom Mrs. Nana Yaa Amoako-Adu said the support was part of the organization’s contribution towards the development of the girl child in the Western Region of Ghana. Mrs. Amoako-Adu as regrettable the challenges that adolescent girls continue to face in managing menstruation. She described as disturbing the methods girls resort to protect themselves during menstruation.
“It is happening that a good number of our adolescent girls are using very unconventional methods to protect themselves during menstruation. It’s even scary to hear from girls what they do when it is their first time. We need to talk about menstrual hygiene because many girls are getting infections because they are either naïve or do not have the means to buy sanitary pads.”Mrs. Nana Yaa Amoako-Adu | President and CEO, Virtuous Boardroom
Virtuous Boardroom said it was aware of challenges female students faced during their menstrual periods, leading many to abandon classes. Ms. Adu said the problem was mainly caused by parents’ not being able to afford female hygiene supplies for their female children. “We [members of the organizations] have gone through that stage before and would not want them [i.e. female students] to face the same situation…It is unconscionable for the girl child to stop school because she was not able to get GHS1.80 (~30 cents US) to buy sanitary pad and thereby is not able to achieve her life dream”, Mrs. Amoako-Adu said.
The statement from Virtuous Boardroom said we must have a means to constantly make the girl child aware of her body changes and to let them know that these changes are inevitable, and support them to face the changes with confidence and without shame.
The beneficiary female students applauded Virtuous Boardroom for the generous supply of sanitary pads. Ms. Sarah Hagan, a beneficiary student “We are aware that some of our colleagues are struggling with the management of their menstrual hygiene. I believe that these sanitary pads and the education we have received today [Friday, May 28, 2021] can help us overcome the psychological trauma associated with menstruation,” Ms. Sarah Hagan, a beneficiary student, said.